Acknowledgment is made to the Donors of the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund (ACS-PRF# 35037-G5 and ACS-PRF #38553-AC5) for support of this research. We thank Prof. Ravindra Kane (Rensselaer Polytechnic) for donating patterned PDMS stamps and Prof. Richard Haglund (Vanderbilt) for providing access to a scanning probe microscope.
Directed Growth of Polymethylene Films on Atomically Modified Gold Surface†
Article first published online: 9 APR 2003
© 2003 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
Volume 15, Issue 7-8, pages 588–591, April, 2003
How to Cite
Guo, W. and Jennings, G.K. (2003), Directed Growth of Polymethylene Films on Atomically Modified Gold Surface. Adv. Mater., 15: 588–591. doi: 10.1002/adma.200304859
- Issue published online: 9 APR 2003
- Article first published online: 9 APR 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 14 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Received: 14 JAN 2003
- Electrochemical deposition;
- Microcontact printing;
- Self-assembled monolayers (SAMs);
- Surface-initiated polymerization
Gold surfaces patterned with underpotentially deposited copper and/or silver monolayers are used to direct the growth of highly insulating polymethylene films. Copper adatoms function as active catalytic sites to enhance polymer film growth over that of unmodified gold surfaces (see Figure). In contrast, a silver monolayer is inactive toward the polymerization and can be patterned to locally prevent film growth.